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14 Thinking of Starting a Business?

On Wednesday, May 20th at 9am PDT/Noon EDT I will be joined for a live webinar panel discussion by Ken Yancey, Jr, CEO of SCORE, Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, and Rich Sloan author of StartUpNation to talk about starting a business. Collectively, this group has poured over thousands of business plans, seen great successes and great failures and advises many a fledgling start-up on the strategies, resources and regulations involved in going out there on your own.

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I believe that this might actually be one of the best times in history to start a business. If you need that little nudge or have decided to jump in with both feet, come learn from the pros how to do it right.

This is the fifth in a series of five webinars brought to you by HP, creators of MarketSplash and the Creative Studio – online tools to make your marketing simple, professional and affordable

Our discussion will center on the following, but we want to hear from you too. Come join us.

  • Why right now is a great time to start-up
  • Thrills and pitfalls of business ownership
  • Resources and regulations
  • How to find a big idea/innovation
  • Businesses to start right now
  • How to pitch for money
  • Marketing a start-up
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1 Free Guides from SCORE

SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is a offering two free workbooks to the first 1,000 people to sign up.

The two workbooks are comprehensive guides to starting and structuring a business, and are great resources for any entrepreneur. To get your free copy of How to Really Start Your Own Business and How to Really Structure Your Own Business, visit the SCORE Web site, and click on “How-To Workbooks Giveaway.

8 How to SCORE some seriously good start-up help

SCOREI had a chance to visit with Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE for this episode of the  Duct Tape Marketing podcast.

SCORE is an underutilized resource for small business owners who are just starting and want to get some help from a season, often retired, business owner or executive. And did I mention it’s free!

What is/Who is SCORE? From the website

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors. SCORE was founded in 1964.

The thing that many small business owners may not know however is that you can find a local chapter and work with a local counselor or you can get matched up to a counselor, nationwide, that may have the exact experience you are looking for. The first step is to locate a local chapter and then dig in and find out all the ways they can help you start and grow your business.

On a related note, SCORE recently partnered with OPEN from American Express to create the “Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive,” a multi-city seminar tour designed to support small business growth and trigger success through complimentary educational and mentorship programs. The first event, held Nov 8th in Orlando sold out. Future events are planned for Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Chicago. Details are forthcoming here

AT&TThis episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast is brought to you by Resources for the small business owner.